Coachella beauty 2018: The best desert hairstyles from this year’s festival

These celebs deffo got the festival hair memo.   

Unless you were on a social media ban over the weekend and missed the endless Coachella pics, (can we all just take a moment to appreciate Beyoncé‘s set and that Destiny’s Child reunion? Anyway, we digress.), you’ll no doubt have spotted all the stars frolicking about in the desert living their best lives.

As the first major festival of the season, every year celebs use Coachella as an excuse to get playful with their hair – and this year was certainly no exception. Take a look at some of the most standout styles from this year’s musical event below, and see what’s set to be big in hair this festival season.

Coachella: The best festival hairstyles from our favourite stars

kylie jenner at coachella festival wearing a hot florescent pink long straight wig
She’s not a regular mom, she’s a cool mom! Credit:

Kylie’s hot pink hue

New mama Kylie Jenner is known for her iconic Coachella styles (her highlighter hue sparked off a whole neon hair trend last year, remember?!) and this year she definitely didn’t shy away from the bold brights.

With a hot pink, uber long wig, she came back to claim her festival queen hair status. Bow down! Credit: @kyliejenner

kylie jenner at coachella festival with denim blue dyed hair
Why wear denim shorts when you could wear denim hair? Credit:

Kylie’s denim mane

You didn’t think Kylie would settle for wearing just one look to Coachella, did you? Don’t be silly!

With her second look, she went for a slightly more muted (yet no less showstopping) indigo blue shade. Could this mark the return of the denim hair trend? With the power of Kylie, it’ll only be a matter of time! Credit: @kyliejenner

Editor’s tip: If you’re planning on doing a Kylie this summer and experimenting with colour, make sure you’re giving your colour the best chance at lasting by using a colour protect shampoo and conditioner.

The Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner are ideal, as the Vibrant Colour Lock formula helps keep colour looking fresh for longer. That way, even once the post-festival blues start to set in, your hair will still be popping!

model bella hadid at coachella festival with her hair tied up in a white scrunchie wearing a white wrap crop top and denim shorts
Srunchie loving with Bella! Credit:

Bella Hadid’s scrunchie

Bella kept things simple with this casual ’90s-inspired style and what better way to exude those ’90s vibes than with a scrunchie? Not only did it keep her hair back and out of the way (a girl’s gotta keep cool in the desert!), it also complimented her crisp white outfit details. Credit: @bellahadid

model joan smalls at coachella with long chocolate and pink ombre box braids
Joan Small’s pink-tinted braids combine two classic festival trends in one! Credit:

Joan Smalls’ ombre box braids

Braids are a total festival staple, but that’s not to say they’re not just as exciting. Joan Smalls wowed us all with her braids for days, which featured a red ombre to add a bright pop of colour to her box braids.

We’re sure naturalistas everywhere will be adding this to their festival inspo boards for the summer because we definitely are! Credit: @revolve

side profile shot of victoria's secret model romee strijd at coachella with her hair in two pipe braids with pink elastic running through them
Romee Strijd serving up all the festival hair inspo with these pipe braids. Credit:

Romee Strijd’s pipe braids

Every year there’s a star that makes us immediately want to try and recreate their look, and this year Romee Strijd was that for us. Her unique pipe braids were made even more festival-appropriate thanks to pink woven elastic bands – who knew rubber bands had so many uses?! Credit: @hairbyruslan

Editor’s tip: A sea salt spray, like the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray, is a must for any festival-goer.

Not only are they great for adding grit and texture to braided styles like Romee’s, they also help to add a beachy texture to the hair and enhance any waves. We love a multi-tasker!

victoria's secret model elsa hosk at coachella festival with pastel pink hair
When in doubt, just add pink! Credit:

Elsa Hosk’s pastel pink tint

Pastel hair is a look that comes back time and again, so it’s no surprise that we saw it cropping up in Palm Springs.

Victoria’s Secret model Elsa Hosk added a pinky-rose gold tint to her light blonde locks, showing how easy it is to transform your look with just a little colour. Credit: @hoskelsa

uk blogger patricia bright at coachella with a lilac lob wig wearing a candy striped bodysuit and peachy pink denim shorts
Patricia in purple ? Credit:

Patricia Bright’s lilac look

UK blogger favourite Patricia Bright had been teasing her purple wig on Instagram for a few days before she descended on the desert, so we were more than excited to see the full get up in all its glory!

The My Little Pony-inspired shade was styled into a sleek, side-parted lob which was the style cherry on top of her whole candy stripe look. Credit: @thepatriciabright

Next read: See our editors’ festival hair must-haves!

A throwback to Coachella 2017’s best festival styles

Heading to a festival yourself this summer? Get plenty more festival inspiration below from last year’s most memorable looks…

kylie jenner's highlighter green coachella hair
Kylie Jenner’s highlighter green hue was blindingly bright! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Kylie Jenner

Let’s start with another episode of Keeping Up with Kylie Jenner’s hair. The reality star unveiled an eye-catching highlighter yellow wig – which was cut into a blunt lob – and we kind of love it!

Let’s face it, if anyone can pull off neon yellow hair, it’s Kylie!

paris hilton's butterfly themed coachella hair
Rainbow princess Paris Hilton’s was goals with her butterfly braids. Credit:

Paris Hilton

If you can’t dress up as a rainbow butterfly at Coachella, when can you?!

Paris Hilton’s signature long blonde tresses were braided into pretty half-up French plaits and topped off with a pair of multicoloured cat ears to tie her look together. Meow! Credit: @parishilton

poppy delevingne's braided space buns coachella hair
Braids, space buns, curls, Poppy had it all going on! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Poppy Delevingne

Cara Delevingne just got a pixie cut but it was elder sister Poppy’s edgy braid and bun combo that caught our eye at Coachella.

Her ice blonde hair was styled into 2 mini cornrows and worked into half-up space buns. Meanwhile, the rest of her mane was worked into undone wavy curls for a laid-back, California-girl vibe.

joan smalls long pink coachella hair
Who knew camo and pink were such a good pairing? Credit:

Joan Smalls

Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls ditched her trademark raven locks for Coachella in favour of something a little more fun. Opting for a candyfloss pink shade, she paired her new ‘do with a matching pink hoodie and nails for a top-to-toe Barbie doll look! Credit: @joansmalls

shainina shaik's braided coachella hair
Shanina Shaik’s braided hairstyle was totally different to her usual look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Shanina Shaik

VS model Shanina Shaik shocked fans when she debuted a new braided hairstyle at the festival. A pretty major departure from her usual flowing mane, the hip-length box braids showed off the star’s enviable supermodel features. Nope, we’re not jealous at all…

solange knowles light coachella hair
Solange Knowles’ red ombre was on fire! ? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock


It was only recently that we reported that Solange had dyed her natural hair a lighter auburn shade for spring, but she’s only gone and changed up her ‘do again!

The singer/songwriter cut her afro into a much shorter, shoulder-length style (that was also dyed a flattering red ombre shade) just in time for the warmer months to come.

taylor hill bandana coachella hair
Taylor Hill’s retro bandana was giving off all the pin-up girl vibes. Credit:

Taylor Hill

Taylor Hill channelled major pin-up vibes with her messy bun and retro-inspired bandana hairstyle, making for one of the easiest Coachella hairstyles to date. It’s also the perfect way to keep unwashed hair under wraps at a festival, without scrimping on an ounce of style! Credit: @taylor_hill

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